To ride in a time trial you need a roadworthy bike. Helmets are recommended and some races insist on them. Prepare to be impressed by lots of professional-looking cyclists, but don't be overawed - they were beginners once.Develop a smooth, circular
Breathe deeplyMany triathletes just use the top part of their lungs, taking shallow, jagged breaths as they climb. This limits how quickly and efficiently you can move fresh oxygen to working muscles. Practise breathing deep into your belly, filling your lungs entirely. As a bonu...
.Be kindIf the bike leg of your triathlon is a lapped course where you can walk back to transition if something goes wrong, you can be tough with your bike but the best way to finish is to be a bit more gentle. "I don't want to break something and throw
Sooner or later, all triathletes hit the deck, and the result, more often than not, is road rash. Thankfully, such abrasions usually require only basic care, but it must be the right care. Dr Helen Iams has worked as Medical Director for races such as the US Pro Criterium Champio...
On the bike the wind is a problem for everyone, from the toughest veterans to weekend warriors. Consider a cyclist pedalling along at a brisk 20mph pace in calm conditions. If a headwind of only 10mph develops, the rider's pace drops to 16mph
gears work, what to wear on the bike, how to take a corner with confidence and what a derailleur is. And does. And how to spell it.1. Bikes for beginnersBecoming involved in triathlon doesn't mean you have to spend thousands of pounds on a top
coaching career (physfarm.com) while engaged in postgraduate research in biomechanics at Loughborough University. David has coached squads and athletes ranging from beginner to elite and juniors to competitors aged 65. He has competed in various triathlons
Q. What exactly is the difference between a triathlon bike and a road bike?A. There are several visible and important differences between a purpose-built tri bike and a road bike. These differences allow a triathlete to function in the most
Good bike-riding is all about efficiency. If you reduce waste through proper pedalling mechanics, body position, nutrition, gear selection and even breathing, you will improve your overall performance on the road. One aspect of efficiency that
triathletes, but before you join the bunch, here are a few skills to master. Pedal smoothlyFirst things first: you need to learn to ride steady on your own. Many beginners use too low a cadence, so the bike surges forward with every pedal stroke - this can
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